Thursday, November 29, 2012
Cnha Aylin : Woo Hoo, daddy daddy look. Weeeee does this mean it might snow soon. (Running around the yard like a crazy bitch)
Jax : (as he steps on the grass) Rooooo, what the hell is this shit. It's cold daddy. Omg I got to pee. (Then runs to the back door) Roooo, Roooo daddy let me in NOW!!!
Cnha Aylin started barking @ jax which you can only take as her saying. Dude shut up & come play. Snow will be here soon.
My kids are like night & day sometimes.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The dog was little known in the United States or in Europe until the first "Alaska Sweepstakes" (later known as the Iditarod) was run and a team of Siberian huskies won. In later expeditions to the North Pole, the Siberian was a major player also. This beautiful and intelligent breed became a favorite of the Russian explorers and was extensively used throughout Siberia. For many years it was known as the "Chukchi" dog, but in the United States the name "Siberian Husky " was coined, while in Great Britain the same breed was often called the "Arctic Husky".
The Siberian Husky is a strikingly beautiful dog. The eyes are almond shaped and slightly slanted, the skull is clean and refined, with very soft upright well furred ears lending an intelligent and alert look to the head. Often there is a definite mask and sometimes the eyes are a pale blue or golden yellow in color. The coat is soft and densely furred and can be of any color, usually very symmetrically marked. He is a medium sized dog, classed as a "working dog" with great stamina and speed being the hallmark of the breed. Because of his close association with the Chukchi tribe, being considered a "member of the family", he is a very people oriented dog and does not have as strong a "pack mentality" as for example the Alaskan Malamute and some of the other husky breeds who were bred to pull in a pack exclusively.
The Siberian Husky entered the American Kennel Club registry in 1930 and his popularity has grown beyond that of being only a Show Dog. He is used extensively as a Therapy Dog, doing well in Obedience and Agility and is of course also used still as a racing sled dog. The "Sibe" as he is affectionately termed, is a friendly and completely amiable dog, quite easy to train and very willing to please. Temperamentally he is non-aggressive to other dogs and to people. He is comparatively easy to groom, for even though he has a thick coat it is not excessively long and is simple to maintain for it seldom mats and is completely weather proof. Besides all of that, he is a healthy breed which has very few genetic anomalies or inherited problems. He is an adaptable dog, but definitely needs plenty of exercise, for he was bred to be a working dog and needs to be kept busy or he will find something to occupy himself with. He is above all an "easy keeper" and a happy companion dog who loves to work for his master.
Monday, October 22, 2012
"This site is dedicated to finding my Siberian Husky Juno , she is 2 years old with bright blue eyes,who loves people ,children and other animals.
From the day she was born to the day she was stolen she been and always will be a huge part of our family, and we will keep looking for her until she is safely at home."
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Saturday, October 13, 2012
I know this video is a little long. However I did that on purpose for 2 reasons. 1 to give you glimpse of every minute of my time home & most importantly. For Jeff, Lee's dad. He is in Italy & I know he misses his buddy.
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Thursday, October 11, 2012
Ok , I know it has been a long time since I really posted anything. There was issues, that's the best way to put it.
Well I hope to say we are back & I am going to try and post more often. Cnha Aylin even said she will help post & help her daddy out. She has a lot to say. Trust me.
Well please subscribe to this site so they know you care. I know that these posts are shared all over , but please leave comments on this site. Cause what you say might help others.
If you want to start a topic please let me know. I love talking about my kids & you never know. I might even learn something new.
Sirhc & C~J
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Most people take my dogs playing as fighting. So I was trying to get a normal play time on video. So they were playing so I decided here is my chance. Put my hand in my pocket to get my phone out.... Good they are still playing. Now turn on the video.. Ok there we go. Now click record...
I know I was there and all I could here was elevator music. So as soon as I turn the camera off.
I know what you are thinking. Aww is Cnha Aylin foot alright. Yes I checked it all out & she might have stepped on it wrong but as soon as she walked in the house. Wow no more favouring it. Hmmm so it was all part of her act & trust me she will dive in a sec. When she thinks or want to be the Center of the attention. I am talking Emmy award Winning performances.
Well cheers for now,
Sirhc & C-J
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What Is Fostering a Cat?: Fostering Cats: How You Can Help Pets
What Is Fostering a Cat?
The following was originally published on the Petfinder Blog.What does fostering a cat involve?
By Jane Harrell, Petfinder.com associate producer
When you foster, you agree to take a homeless cat into your home and give him or her love, care and attention, either for a predetermined period of time or until the cat is adopted.
Why do adoption groups need foster homes?
There are many reasons a cat might need foster care. Some of the most common include:
- A rescue group doesn't have a physical shelter and depends on foster homes to care for cats until suitable homes are found.
- A kitten is too young to be adopted and needs a safe place to stay until he or she is old enough to go to a forever home.
- A cat is recovering from surgery, illness or injury and needs a safe place to recuperate.
- A cat is showing signs of stress such as pacing or hiding in the shelter.
- A cat has not lived in a home before or has not had much contact with people and needs to be socialized.
- The shelter is running out of room for adoptable cats.
Fostering a cat is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have (other than adopting, of course). By taking an animal in need temporarily into your home you're:
- freeing up a spot so the shelter or rescue can take in another cat.
- giving your foster cat the time he needs to be ready for adoption.
- helping the shelter or rescue learn more about the cat so he can end up in the best home possible.
- socializing the cat to a home environment and possibly getting him used to being around other pets and different types of people.
How do I sign up to foster a cat?
Find a rescue group or shelter near you and contact them. They'll likely have you fill out a foster application and, if you are approved, they will work with you to figure out the right foster cat for your household.
How to Let Go of Your Foster Dog
The following was originally published on the Petfinder Blog.One of the questions I'm most frequently asked as a dog foster parent is, "How do you let go?" Similarly, a lot of people tell me they don't foster dogs because "I could never give them back."
By Jane Harrell, Petfinder.com associate producer
That's why I'm sharing my top five tips for letting go at the end of a foster period. While they're not exactly foolproof (we just decided to adopt our last foster cat, Wes), these tips have helped me let go of well over 20 foster cats and dogs and place them in loving, happy homes -- that aren't my own.
1) Get a foster dog who's not right for you long-term.
For me, letting go starts the moment I decide to take on a new foster pet. I select fosters whom I believe I can help, but whom I wouldn't want to adopt. Generally this means smaller dogs (like my past foster Alvin) are a great bet for my household. I love working with them and their small size does well with my cats, but having a dog long-term in my small New York City apartment is hard.
Don't take in a foster dog you can't handle -- you want to keep everyone safe -- just choose one who doesn't quite suit your lifestyle. Do you hate to clean? Foster a dog with a long coat. Are you a couch potato? Foster high-energy puppies. As much as you'll miss your fosters when they're adopted, part of you will welcome the return to normalcy when they're gone.
2) Get your friends or family involved.
In my home, fostering is a family activity, but even when I lived with roommates I always got them involved. (It should go without saying that your whole household needs to agree to fostering a dog in the first place.)
Having your foster dog bond with a variety of people can help you keep the emotional distance you need to let go -- you won't think of the dog as "yours" and you won't worry that he or she will never be happy without you.
It's also great for the dog. Having your friends and family handle, play with and cuddle him gets your foster dog used to meeting and interacting with strangers -- a valuable life skill for any dog and one that helps him make a good impression when meeting potential adopters. (Be sure to speak with the rescue group or shelter about how your foster dog does around men, women, strangers and children first.)
3) Help find and screen potential adopters.
Helping your foster dog find a new home will keep you in the mindset that he won't be with you for good. Ask the shelter or rescue group how you can help. Maybe you can take great photos and write a detailed description of your foster dog for his Petfinder profile, or ask your friends to share a link to his Petfinder page on Facebook. You may even want to make a video of your foster dog that the group can post to his Petfinder profile. (Check out the video I made for my former foster dog Nini.)
Find out if the rescue group or shelter will let you help screen potential adopters. Some organizations will rely heavily on you, while others don't require foster parents to ever meet potential adopters.
You'll feel more comfortable saying goodbye when you know your foster dog is going to a great forever home -- and your efforts increase the chances that he'll find that home.
4) Remember that letting go of this one enables you to save another life.
If keeping this foster dog means you can't take in another dog in need, then you could be missing out. And the other dogs in need are definitely missing out.
Remember that, while each adoption saves a life, a great foster parent can save many lives, by socializing and rehabilitating dogs who might not find homes while living in a shelter.
5) Ask for follow-up stories and pictures from your foster dog's adopter.
The hands-down best moment of fostering a dog for me is dropping my foster off at his new home. Teary? Yes, often. But still the best, because I get to see how much better his life is going to be from now on.
If you've met your dog's adopter, ask him or her for an e-mail update and pictures. You might not always get them, but when you do you'll be on cloud nine.
If you're fostering with an organization where you don't meet the adopters, talk to the shelter staffer who did the adoption and ask for as much info as you can get about the adopters. (Just be sure to do it soon, while they can remember!)
Ok, none of these tips will completely alleviate the pain of letting go of your foster dog, nor will any of them ensure you won't get attached. But think, if the worst that happens is that you fall in love with your foster dog and end up with a new family member, is that really so bad? Wes, my most recent "failed" foster certainly doesn't think so -- and neither do I.
How to Assess Your Foster Dog for Adoption
Assessing your foster dog for adoption is a vital role any foster parent plays in the adoption process. You live, feed, play with and have the closest contact of anyone else with your foster dog and can help identify traits that will determine what kind of home he should be placed in.
Below is an example of an assessment form from a Petfinder.com member shelter. Your shelter or rescue might ask you to fill out something similar to help describe your foster dog. You may also be asked to write a short description of him for his Petfinder listing, or to describe his behavior to potential adopters. Use the assessment form below to help guide you in getting the vital information to your rescue or shelter:
How long has the dog been in foster care: ________________
- Eats faster when approached
- Freezes over food
- Not on
- Is easily moved off
- Won't get off
Can open muzzle:
- Clamps down
Can easily touch:
- Everywhere Except (list):___________________
- Dislikes (struggles/growls)
- Mouthy/can redirect
- Mouthy/overly excited/can't redirect
- Can take all away
- Can take some away
- Can't take away
- Likes crate
- Dislikes crate
- Didn't try to crate
Dog knows (circle all that apply):
- No jumping on guests
- Other: __________
- Likes/doesn't bark
- Doesn't like
- Likes all
- Dislikes all
- Likes only women
- Likes only men
- Likes all
- Dislikes all
- Likes over age:_____
- Don't know
- Likes all
- Dislikes when restricted (leash/fence)
- Don't know
- Don't know
- Accidents only when left alone
- Only when left alone
Overall (circle all that apply):
- Afraid of Noises
- Walks nicely on a leash
- Pulls on a leash
How long is dog left alone during day: ________
- Not Crated
How to Be the Best Dog Foster Parent
Provided by DogsterFostering a dog is one of many ways you can help improve the lives of homeless pets. Most Dogster members are well aware of the pet overpopulation problem both nationally and internationally - there are millions of dogs that wait and sadly die in shelters and rescues annually, awaiting the forever homes they truly deserve.
While shelters and rescue facilities would like to house every homeless pet, this is often impractical and impossible due to a lack of resources or space. Dogs that would otherwise be euthanized due to lack of space can be saved through caring people who are willing to open their home and hearts to a shelter pet in need.
Many homeless pets grew up in homes where they were well-loved family members. For whatever reason, these dogs find themselves homeless and alone. It is scary and stressful to go from a place where you are well loved and surrounded by your family to a place where you are surrounded by strange dogs, people, sights, and sounds. In many of these dogs, the stress is manifested in the form of unwanted or self-destructive behaviors.
Foster homes are a great solution for dogs with kennel stress or other special needs. Whelping mothers, young puppies, and senior dogs are especially vulnerable to the shelter environment and need a quiet place to raise young, grow, and age peacefully until the right forever home can be found. If you choose to become a foster provider, you give these dogs a chance at life, and save them from the fate so many others suffer - euthanization while awaiting a forever home.
How Do I Become A Foster Care Provider?
So you've decided you want to become a pet foster parent. Great! Providing foster care for dogs will certainly be a rewarding experience, but will just as likely be emotionally challenging. Sending a successful foster to his forever home is bittersweet - you are saying goodbye to a friend, which hurts, but are also sending him on to the greatest adventure of his life - a place where he will be cherished and loved until he goes to the rainbow bridge - a forever home.
The first step will be visiting www.petfinder.com to find rescue organizations near you. If you have a favorite breed and are willing to branch out geographically, the site will be able to refer you to a number of breed-specific rescues (which may or may not allow mixed breeds). You can also find toy breed rescues, giant breed rescues, and organizations which focus specifically on senior, special needs, or puppy adoption and fostering.
When you've found a few that interest you, contact them requesting an application for fostering. Review the application carefully. If you have questions, ask! Who pays for the vet bills? Who is financially responsible for the dog's food, microchip, leashes, crate, etc.? Are there organization-wide meetings? If so, when and how often do they occur? Where will the dog be introduced to prospective adopters and how much liberty do you have in scheduling these meetings? Are you responsible for training the dog and if so, to what level?
Some rescues require foster parents with fenced-in yards. For certain dogs, a foster parent who is home all day may be required, or a home without cats or children.
The rescue organization will likely require personal and veterinary references along with a printed application and one or more telephone or in-person interviews.
If You Already Have A Pet
Communicable diseases from the shelter environment could be carried into your own home where your pets may be infected. Talk to your vet about recommended quarantine periods for new foster pets, to keep your own pets safe!
Know Your Limits
Does your homeowners insurance or city have any breed restrictions? Do you have time to devote to a foster pet while giving your own pets the attention and care they need?
What kind of behavior problems are you comfortable dealing with - counter surfing, pulling on leash, jumping when greeting, inappropriate elimination, separation anxiety, barking, reactivity? Don't accept a foster with behavior problems beyond your experience and knowledge, unless you are willing to consult with a qualified trainer.
What kind of health problems are you willing to deal with? Medicating the dog frequently? Incontinence? Digestive disorders? Special dietary needs? What about a dog with a wheelchair?
Are you willing to provide the husbandry needed to keep this dog well-groomed and sanitary? Do you require a foster dog that is safe around small children or animals?
Again, congratulations on your decision to start fostering. Let's review the steps:
- Check petfinder.com to find rescues near you.
- Contact rescues and shelters for fostering applications
- Evaluate applications carefully
- Complete application process
- Set limits
- Bring home your foster dog
- Smile and cry at the same time when he finds his forever home
- Repeat steps 6 and 7 as often as possible!
20 Questions to Ask Before You Foster A Dog
The following was originally published on the Petfinder Blog.Fostering pets has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and is something I encourage everyone I know to do. But I've learned some big lessons along the way.
By Jane Harrell, Petfinder.com associate producer
For the experience to turn out well for the foster parent and the rescue organization (and, most of all, the dog), it's crucial that all parties communicate and be clear about their expectations and responsibilities.
Here are some questions to ask the rescue group or shelter before you sign up to foster (the group will most likely have you fill out a foster-home application as well). Don't be alarmed if the group doesn't have answers to all the questions you ask. Each organization has its own procedures.
Questions about the dog:
- How did he come to be with the shelter or rescue group and how long has he been there?
- Why does he need a foster home now?
- Does he have any medical concerns or need medication?
- Has he been neutered (or spayed, if the dog is female)? If not, when will he be?
- Is he up to date on his vaccinations and has he been tested for diseases such as heartworm?
- Since conditions such as kennel cough and upper respiratory infections cannot be tested for, how long should I keep him separated from my own pets?
- Does he have any behavioral issues or concerns? How are they dealt with?
- Do you know how he is with kids, cats, dogs and/or strangers? Can my children or pets meet him before I commit to fostering him?
- Do you know how he does when left alone? Is he crate trained?
- Is he housetrained?
- How long will I be expected to foster this dog? If it's until a suitable home is found, how long do you expect that to take?
- What happens if I can no longer care for the dog?
- Who pays for medical bills if they arise? Does that include treatments for my pets if they catch something from my foster dog?
- What should I do if there's a medical emergency?
- Who is responsible for communicating with potential adopters, screening them and introducing the dog to them?
- Will I be required to bring him to adoption events and, if so, where/when?
- Will you provide food, litter, supplies (such as a leash or a litter box), medications, etc., or will I be expected to?
- If I have a problem, whom can I contact? If I leave a message, how quickly will that person get back to me?
- Could my foster dog be deemed unadoptable and, if so, what happens then?
- Can I adopt him if I choose?
Marge had to be isolated and needed daily physical therapy and enrichment work. She was one of my greatest challenges, but that just made it all the more rewarding when she found the perfect home, a devoted couple who continued her physical therapy. Last I heard, Marge is able to climb and descend stairs like a champ -- something we never thought possible when she first came to the shelter.
Why Foster A Dog and What Does It Entail?
The following was originally published on the Petfinder Blog.What does fostering a dog involve?
By Jane Harrell, Petfinder.com associate producer
When you foster, you agree to take a homeless dog into your home and give him or her love, care and attention, either for a predetermined period of time or until the dog is adopted.
Why do adoption groups need foster homes?
There are many reasons a dog might need foster care. Some of the most common include:
- A rescue group doesn't have a physical shelter and depends on foster homes to care for dogs until suitable homes are found.
- A puppy is too young to be adopted and needs a safe place to stay until he or she is old enough to go to a forever home.
- A dog is recovering from surgery, illness or injury and needs a safe place to recuperate.
- A dog is showing signs of stress such as pacing or hiding in the shelter.
- A dog has not lived in a home before or has not had much contact with people and needs to be socialized.
- The shelter is running out of room for adoptable dogs.
Fostering a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have (other than adopting, of course). By taking an animal in need temporarily into your home you're:
- freeing up a spot so the shelter or rescue can take in another dog.
- giving your foster dog the time he needs to be ready for adoption.
- helping the shelter or rescue learn more about the dog so he can end up in the best home possible.
- socializing the dog to a home environment and possibly getting him used to being around other pets and different types of people.
How do I sign up to foster a dog?
Find a rescue group or shelter near you and contact them. They'll likely have you fill out a foster application and, if you are approved, they will work with you to figure out the right foster dog for your household.
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Metro DC Dog Blog: Four-legged stress relievers: We're had the privilege of sharing our office with a dog for over 25 years now -- and frankly, it's one of the best reasons to work from hom...
Thursday, March 29, 2012
This is a book i really need to have.
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Thursday, March 15, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to look @ my fundraising page. We are helping RAL (Richmond Animal League) raise money by Walking in there annual "Strut Your Mutt" walk. Their kick off to WoofStock ( http://www.ral.org/index.php/
Cnha Aylin walk last year and had so much fun she has decide this year to get Jax involved. This year she is walking for FOBF- Friends of Barker Field: Barker Field is Richmond’s first off-leash dog park. It has a 4 foot enclosed fence with 2 areas- one for small dogs and the other for all sizes. The hours are from sunrise to sun set and closes for special events (eg: 4th of July). The Park is busiest after work and on weekends. Dog park rules are at this link: http://friendsofbarkerfield.
Posted: 15 Mar 2012 08:58 AM PDT
We like to run the occasional contest (and stay tuned: we've got one coming up pretty soon), but today we want to urge you to pay attention to a contest being run by someone else. The contest touches on some causes that are near and dear to us, and we think it's worth entering--while you've still got time.
We're referring to Rochelle Lesser of Owings Mills, MD, who runs the Land of Pure Gold Foundation. The foundation's mission includes raising money for canine cancer research, disseminating the results of such research, promoting responsible dog care, and promoting respectful and consistent training practices. Her causes are very important to us -- and not just because we share a mutual love of Golden Retrievers.
Rochelle's latest effort to shine the spotlight on her foundation involves another cause that's obviously important to us: picking up dog poop. As such, she's running a Poopy-Day Contest in which she invites readers with multiple dogs to demonstrate their need for poop pickup help by posting photos of their dogs on her Facebook page Timeline. Rochelle will choose three photos from among those submitted -- and the three winners will each receive a YardPup & Paw, which Rochelle says will be the last pooper scooper she'll ever need. The set is a $46 value.
Winners need to be willing to star in a video of themselves using the YardPup. The contest ends March 20. Learn more by logging onto the Foundation's Facebook page. And in the meantime, whether you win or not, whether you enter or not: pick up that poop!
Posted: 14 Mar 2012 03:00 AM PDT
A lot of people (including Mr. Metro DC Dog Blog) enjoy this classic Discovery Channel TV show, but we have found that plenty of myths are waiting to be busted in real life -- especially with dogs.
Let us explain.
We work on a volunteer basis walking dogs for a rescue group, and last week we had the privilege of working with what looked to us like a Pit Bull mix. We had a great time interacting with this gentle girl. First, we took her for a stroll and bathroom break. Then, because she wanted to use her leash as a tug toy, we took her back to her large enclosure, brought with us a real tug toy, and engaged in a hearty tug session with her there. As we did so, another volunteer walked by and said, "Boy, that's a really vicious Pit Bull you're playing with." (We knew he was totally kidding.)
Periodically, that "vicious" Pit Bull would drop the tug toy. Whenever she did so, we asked her to sit -- and when she did, we offered her the toy for another couple of minutes of tugging. Finally, when we decided we'd had enough of an upper body workout, we ended the game and gave the dog the toy. She placed it at her feet, gave us a doggie kiss, lay down on her side and proceeded to take a nap.
Only after we left her enclosure did we realize that we'd inadvertently given the lie to a couple of myths about dogs:
Pit bulls are inherently vicious. Um, no. They may be raised by people to be vicious to other dogs (see Vick, Michael) -- but that's the fault of the people, not the Pitties. And even among those who are reared in that manner, plenty can be rehabilitated.
Playing tug-of-war makes a dog aggressive. Wrong again. Tug-of-war can be a great game to play with most dogs. For some, a game of tug helps build confidence; for others, the game is also a learning opportunity, and for many, the game helps siphon off excess energy. Renowned trainer/behavioral counselor Pat Miller, whose Peaceable Paws training facility is in Hagerstown, explains more about why tug is a good game for many dogs, and how to help a dog get the maximum benefit from a tug session.
That got us to thinking about other times when we've played mythbuster without realizing that we were. Take, for example, the old idea that "you can't teach an old dog new tricks." Long ago, we taught a nine-year-old dog how to catch a Frisbee and bring it back to us. And, of course, there's one of our favorite videos of all time: a 13-year-old Golden Retriever learning all kinds of new tricks with the help of a clicker -- and clearly having a blast while doing so.
What myths have you and your dog been busting lately?
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